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El Corno Emplumado Archive

Call Number



1959-1969, inclusive


Randall, Margaret, 1936-


5.25 Linear Feet in 9 manuscript boxes and 3 half manuscript boxes.

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.


El Corno Emplumado was a literary magazine of poetry, prose, letters and art from two hemispheres, printed in Spanish and English. Margaret Randall founded the magazine in 1962 in an attempt to unite the literatures of the Americas. Published from Mexico, Margaret Randall and Sergio Mondragon co-edited the magazine until 1969 when Robert Cohen joined Randall as co-editor for the final two issues.

Historical Note

Margaret Randall began El Corno Emplumado in 1962 and co-edited the little magazine at various times with Sergio Mondragon and Robert Cohen. The magazine was highly regarded as a progressive literary journal by poets and intellectuals throughout the Americas. Each issue includes original writings in Spanish and in English as well as translations. El Corno Emplumado was deeply committed to a revolutionary literature and developed an independent press that published works such as a mini-anthology of Cuban revolutionary poetry. As the magazine progressed, Margaret Randall became increasingly radical in her politics. Randall's vision of the little magazine as a forum dedicated to revolutionary literature addressing progressive intellectuals and revolutionaries themselves caused a rift between her and her co-editor Sergio Mondragon. As a result, Robert Cohen replaced Mondragon as co-editor for the final two issues in 1969.


This collection is arranged in three series. Series A: Margaret Randall includes Margaret Randall's biography, personal correspondence, notebooks, poems, and other wirtings. Series B: El Corno Emplumado Correspondence contains correspondence between the editors of the magazine and the contributors. Series C: Printed Materials includes an incomplete collection of printed materials divided into three subseries. Subseries 1 includes annotated typescripts for issues 24-31. Subseries 2 consists of page proofs for issues 24-30. Subseries 3 contains galley proofs for issues 24, 25, 27-31.

Series A and Series C are organized chronologically. The Correspondence in Series B is organized alphabetically by the writer's last name.

Missing Title

  1. Series A: Margaret Randall
  2. Series B: En Corno Emplumado Correspondence
  3. Series B: El Corno Emplumado Correspondence
  4. Series C: Printed Materials

Scope and Content Note

El Corno Emplumado attempted to connect the literatures of North, Central, and South America and in doing so, to create a sense of solidarity between hemispheres. The collection contains Margaret Randall's personal notebooks, poetry, writings, and correspondence as well as correspondence between editors and contributors, typescripts, and galley proofs for El Corno Emplumado.

Access Restrictions

Materials are open to researchers. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections,, 212-998-2596.

Use Restrictions

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections,, 212-998-2596.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); El Corno Emplumado Archive; MSS 11; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University Libraries.

Separated Material

There is no information about materials that are associated by provenance to the described materials but that have been physically separated or removed.

Collection processed by

Jessica Shimmin, September 2003.

About this Guide

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2023-08-20 17:02:59 -0400.
Language: Description is in English.

Edition of this Guide

This version was derived from MS Word Document.


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